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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Penn to Richard Caswell
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
November 05, 1778
Volume 13, Page 264

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, Nov. 5th, 1778.

Dear Sir:

The bearer Mr. Seagrove this day informed me that he should set out to-morrow for the Southward, and that he had some business to transact at New Bern. I have taken the liberty to introduce him to your Excellency as a stranger. Enclosed I send you a Copy of the alliance between France and the United States; there are a considerable number to be printed for the use of the different States. I thought it my duty to inform you of the Treaty as soon as I was at liberty to do it. The reason why it was kept back was, that we have directed our Minister in France to apply to that Court to strike out the eleventh and twelfth articles.

By your last accounts from Europe, Spain has a large Fleet, ready to act. Her Flotas have got home and that Court seems disposed to act vigorously against Great Britain in a short time.

From Genl. Washington's letter this minute rec'd it appears that the Enemy intend to evacuate New York soon, a very large number of the Troops having gone on board Transports.

The Delegates from No. Carolina intend to write to your Excellency soon, an official letter; they only wait the determination of Congress relative to a matter of a public nature, which I expect will be in a day or two. I have the honor to be with great respect your Excellency's mo. ob. Servt.